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Stunning Photos Capture the Food and Landscapes of Nordic Countries


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These photographs, taken by chef Magnus Nilsson, aim to take viewers on a culinary trip through the Nordic countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. They're part of the exhibit currently showing at Union Station, called “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food And People.”

Nilsson was assigned by Phaidon Press to document the origins of Nordic cuisine. The result was a collection of 700 recipes in “The Nordic Cookbook” — and 8,000 photos, the best of which are included in this exhibit.

Presented by the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl and the American Swedish Institute, “A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People” features Nilsson’s “original travelogue photography with accompanying narratives that he wrote while conducting research for the project,” according to a press release. Click through to see these lovely, lonely images.

May 1–May 31 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Daily in Union Station's Historic Waiting Room. Admission is free.